Luke Goedeke selected 57th overall by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive Lineman Luke Goedeke (67) and Tight end Hunter Buckowski (44) block two Robert Morris defensemen, Sep. 11, Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

With the No. 57 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Central Michigan offensive tackle Luke Goedeke. He is the first Chippewa selected in 2022, and the highest offensive lineman taken since Eric Fisher in 2013. 

The last CMU player taken in the second round was cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, who was picked 39th overall by the Buccaneers in 2019. 

Ranked as the 10th best tackle in the draft by Mel Kiper Jr, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound junior’s path to the NFL has been a long one. 

A two-time All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference honoree at Valders High School, the Whitelaw, WI native suffered an injury during his senior year and walked away from his football career. 

But after enrolling at UW-Stevens Point in 2017, Goedeke decided to return to football and received a spot as a tight end for the Pointers. In nine games at the Division III level, he caught 12 passes for 132 yards. 

In 2018, Goedeke made the jump to Division I and transitioned to the offensive line. After redshirting his first season, Goedeke started all 14 games at right tackle during the 2019 campaign earning Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors. 

Missing the entirety of the 2020 season with a torn ACL, Goedeke continued battling injuries in 2021. 

Although he was limited to six games for the Chippewas, Goedeke was named a First Team All-MAC member.